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VOL. 129 | NO. 17 | Monday, January 27, 2014

Court Invalidates Ashlar Hall Transfer

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has invalidated Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges’ November transfer of Ashlar Hall to acquaintance Kenny Medlin, after Medlin did not produce a plan for rehabilitating the property.

Sharp’s Exit From Solar Part of Industry Trend

Sharp Corp.’s announcement last week that it would end solar panel production at its Memphis plant is the latest indication of how volatile the solar energy industry has become.

EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics

Full Steam Ahead

Rail yard has Marshall, Fayette emerging as viable distribution markets

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial Park Expansions Gaining Momentum

Economic development officials should know the final scope of a planned expansion of Presidents Island within the next 30 days while the proposed growth of nearby Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park is moving forward.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
66°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 10 mph
Humidity: 36%

EVENTS

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will meet Monday, Jan. 27, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in parliamentary law and “Robert’s Rules of Order.” Call 324-5184.

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Brockman Takes Reins of Airport Authority

Scott Brockman assumed the position of president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Jan. 3.

Grizzlies Making Key Strides

Last Saturday, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale was looking back at his team’s 88-87 loss at home to the Grizzlies the previous night.

Library Foundation Honors Longtime Board Members

Memphis philanthropist Honey Scheidt likes to describe the library as “the most democratic institution we have.”

County Commission Weighs Fairgrounds Opposition

The relationship between city and county governments long has included overlapping interests with sometimes opposing positions on those interests.

Campbell, Weiss Open Judicial Campaigns

John Campbell and Robert Weiss are judges on different sides of the civil-criminal divide in Shelby County jurisprudence.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

January 27 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Role of Play in Innovation

In the Creative Economy, inspiring a sense of play in culture, marketing and innovation is critical to success. You have to engage your people so that they can engage prospects and customers with a lively sense of mission and purpose. Too often the roles we assign diminish this sense of play.

Forgiveness Lessons From the Heart

It is said that when everything changes, change everything. It’s quick advice, but a long-term process, especially if holding on to the past is easier than moving on. So what makes the difference in being stuck in a negative situation and being able to discover what lies ahead on the other side of change?

STATE GOVERNMENT

Supermarket Wine Bill Up for Key Votes This Week

NASHVILLE (AP) – The full Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.

REGIONAL

Study: New Madrid Fault Zone Alive and Active

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The New Madrid fault zone in the nation's midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Union Membership Holds Steady at 11.3 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's union membership held steady at 11.3 percent last year, but losses among state and government workers suggest an ominous trend for the future of organized labor.

Starbucks Hit by Migration to Online Shopping

NEW YORK (AP) – For marathon shoppers, stopping in at Starbucks is often a quick way to refuel. So where does that leave the cafes as more people decide to shop online from their couches?

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PROPERTY SALES 52 136 5,209
MORTGAGES 79 182 6,891
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 13 50 1,606
BUILDING PERMITS 328 328 12,307
BANKRUPTCIES 70 175 5,475
BUSINESS LICENSES 30 58 2,119
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 85 182 7,240
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